I have nothing against Will Allen. He’s a good guy and a solid NFL player but do the Steelers really need his presence in the secondary?
A day after the Steelers saw their future Hall of Fame safety Troy Polamalu retire, the Steelers had a terrific chance to get even younger in the secondary. I understand it’s always good to have those “wily veterans” on the roster but how many does the team need?
Allen is entering his 12th season and he’ll do his job as he always does. He’ll do his best to be in the correct position on each and every play and that’s respectable. This isn’t really about Allen though.
When you have a defense potentially relying on 37-year old James Harrison, some youth on the rest of the defense would be nice. Besides, if you’re going to spend $25 million on a free agent safety like Mike Mitchell then shouldn’t he be the guy who’s the “veteran presence?”
I realize after his first year in Pittsburgh that’s probably a rhetorical question but shouldn’t he be the guy the secondary looks to along with veteran William Gay? They will be on the field more often than Allen won’t they?
The re-signing of Allen is based much more on leadership than on anything else. Mike Tomlin’s love of veterans is well-known but it needs to have some limits.
If the Steelers are relying on Will Allen rather than Shamarko Thomas or a possible draft pick then the defense will not be as nearly as young and athletic as they should be.